Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A/W 13

It's near enough Autumn now and a change of season means that it's time for the only blog post I seem to do anymore (yes, it really has been eight months and yes, I honestly will try harder!)

There was one show this season that was by far, the most breathtaking and that show was Valentino. When a show has 67 looks in it, there has to be some diversity so that it doesn't appear boring and this was achieved whilst still flowing as a collection. Mixing simple shift dresses with ornate evening gowns and a muted colour palette of monochrome, red and greyish blues combined with shots of understated florals made for an effortlessly attained balance that complimented each side by side look. Four images just wouldn't do this show justice! The simple black dress was evident in every shape but transformed with leather laser cut collars, sheer panels and an oversized scalloped edging. Brights stood out all the more due their rarity but never overpowered the rest of the show because the shapes were so simple. Schoolgirl braids and floors replicating a school hall freshened the collection and confirmed the uniform theme and that leather duffel; yes please!

Chloé is back on my favourites list this season! The collection on the whole didn't wow me and it still hasn't reached the heights that I used to hold the brand at, but there were some stand out pieces. Sheer polka dot blouses; crisp, white cropped jackets and duffel coats that Chloé does so perfectly added a tougher and more masculine edge than we're used to, added to in part by the absence of the classic nudes and pinks. Everything else, though, was a standard for Chloé; simple and unfussy makeup, strong brows and slicked back Parisienne chic hair. Finally, of course, was the Baylee. I'll add it to the wish list!

Burberry Prorsum has always been on my radar (isn't it on everyone's?) but there has always been something lacking. Maybe one or two looks out of every five would stun me but every other seemed like a bit of an anticlimax. This season Christopher Bailey seemed to have it all spot on; latex skirts and sleeves were softened and made wearable with kitten heel shoes; tight, sexy pencil skirts were teamed with thick oversized jumpers and animal prints and hearts were modernised. A colour palette of caramel, black and burgundy paired with the young, fresh face of a Burberry girl that we've come to know and love firmly places the brand back into view.

In contrast, Elie Saab was dark and full of attitude but still managed to maintain elegance and beauty. The gowns lifted the collection in jewel tones while the daywear was strict and tailored in black and navy. Demure silhouettes were made daring and sultry by adding sheer and lace panels and strategically placed embellishments, while everything was feminised with pencil thin belts at the waist and corsetry style piping. The drama then had to come from the super smokey eye makeup and slicked back, loose hair alongside the midnight blue runway.

When you think of Monique Lhuillier, wearable isn't exactly the first word you think of and it certainly isn't what you got from this show! I can't imagine a time when I would need to wear a stunning gown but if I did, I'd want it to be one from this collection. There was the odd piece of daywear (those floral cigarette pants nearly made the final four cut) but the only pieces to really take note of are the dresses which I'm sure will be all over red carpets come next awards season. The gemstone theme was endorsed by blacks, emeralds, reds and golds paired with the embellishments and beading that only a Lhuillier gown can carry. Lace detailing so fine it seems like a tattoo and that neckline on the red Josephine Skriver dress confirms that these really are oscar worthy. Although, I'm desperately trying to figure out a way to wear the skirt/shirt combo.

This post has not only reinstated by love for blogging but for autumn/winter fashion, a not-so-awful summer meant that I had forgotten how lovely it is to wear long sleeves and coats. Oh, and I guess Esther Heesch is my new favourite girl!

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